24 March to 6 April 2016
Reviewed by Melanie Allen
Snow White is your typical pantomime of good versus evil – beautiful princess and gorgeous prince, versus wicked step mother. Throw in a few comedy moments and audience participation ‘he’s behind you!’ and you have a recipe for success that pleases both very young and old. This version of Snow White by LHK productions certainly fitted the bill.
It was my first visit to the Epstein Theatre, on Hanover Street in Liverpool. Along with my 10 year old daughter, we climbed the many stairs to get to the first floor where the box office is. Our tickets in the centre of the circle were up even more stairs – not ideal if you have mobility problems but we had a great view.
This version of Snow White made me almost forgot what panto I was watching. It reminded me very much of a cross between Snow White, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty! Snow White was played perfectly by newcomer Georgina Austin. She showed great potential and had a fabulous, sweet voice. She also knew all of her lines, unlike her co-star James Hill (star of the Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother winner 2015). He forgot his lines a few times and his voice was not that of an angel. But, where he lacked talent in some areas, he almost made up for it in another, namely displaying his bare chest and the female audience were particularly pleased when he got down to just his shorts.
The funniest character had to be Dame Debbie, Muddles’ mother who was played by funny man Michael Chapman. He raised the entertainment factor due to his endless Liverpool jokes, sexual innuendos and hilarious outfits. As this was a family show, there was something for everyone.
The highlight of the show was the Mirror Mirror on the wall character, Liverpool’s favourite, Ricky Tomlinson who answered the wicked queen’s (Debi Jones) famous questions. On the night we went, he was also sat in the audience near us which I thought was fantastic. The wicked stepmother for me just wasn’t wicked enough – usually the younger children are scared of her, but I head no tears or screaming when she came on the stage.
The seven dwarfs’ costumes were excellent, very similar to the Disney characters but with slightly different names and their accents were suitably chosen to reflect their characters.
Very enjoyable evening – a great start to Easter, so what are you waiting for?
Tickets cost from £15 to £17 (booking fees may apply).
Snow White is a the the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool over Easter until 6 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 888 4411.
The Epstein Theatre, Hanover House, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ | 0844 888 4411